CANADA & WORLD Trump gave a summit to Kim but left with little to show for it
Also missing: basics such as a timetable for Kim to give up his weapons, or even a mutual definition of denuclearization
Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was unquestionably a success — for Kim.
By credibly threatening the U.S. with nuclear war, he won a one-on-one meeting with the American president — a longtime strategic goal of his family’s regime. And that’s not all.
Trump tossed in a suspension of military exercises with South Korea, while China suggested revisiting economic sanctions that the White House credits for the summit. Meanwhile, the president showered Kim with praise, calling the dictator who leads one of the planet’s most oppressive and brutal regimes “smart” and “very talented,” declaring the meeting “a great honour” and saying he trusts Kim.
Less clear is what the U.S. got in return. American officials said before the meeting they would insist that Kim agree to the “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of his nuclear weapons arsenal. The phrase appears nowhere in Trump and Kim’s statement. Still, some Korea watchers said that it was better for the U.S. and North Korea to be talking than threatening each other, even without a host of specific commitments from Kim. American officials said before the meeting they would insist that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un agree to the “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of his nuclear weapons However, the phrase appears nowhere in the statement.